Stressful mornings. They’re the worst, aren’t they? You’re about ready to get the kids up for breakfast, and you realize you’re out of cereal. The kids can’t find clean clothes to wear, and where is their homework? You finally get out the door and into the car when you realize your youngest has toothpaste all over her face.
Yes. That’s happened. More often than I care to admit.
Over the years I’ve developed a routine that mostly helps me avoid stressful mornings. I’ve noticed when I follow my routine, mornings run more smoothly, even if everything doesn’t go as planned.
When I wing my mornings? I see the above scenario.
How do I make sure my day gets off to a good start? These are my 5 steps to a stress-free morning.
Step 1: Check the Calendar.
My morning routine actually begins the night before. I take a look at the calendar (I use Cozi) to see if we have any appointments out of the ordinary. I make a mental note of where we need to be an when, and I make sure I have transportation planned and money set aside for all activities.
I also do a quick check of the weather before I go on to the next step in my routine.
Step 2: Prepare Your Clothing.
I figure out what I’m going to wear the next day before I go to bed. I also pull out clothes for my four year old and encourage my older kids to plan their clothing. I take the weather into account, making sure the kids have jackets if it’s going to be cold or rainy.
This simple step solves more problems than you can imagine! No more madly searching for lost shoes. No more teenager changing five times before school. Knowing what to wear before the day begins saves a LOT of time in the morning.
Step 3: Wake Up to Coffee and the Word.
I always try to get up at least an hour before the kids. I set the coffeemaker so that my coffee is ready by the time I wake up.
The first thing I do every morning is pour myself a cup of coffee and read my Bible. Spending time meditating on the Word prepares my mind and attitude for the day. I really notice a difference (and not a good one) when I sleep in and neglect my quiet time.
Step 4: Make a Nourishing Breakfast.
A good breakfast is an important part of our day. I like to give the kids something other than cereal or simple carbs to get their day going. Yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, and whole wheat pancakes with bacon are all frequently on our breakfast menu.
When I’m really planning ahead, I make a bunch of breakfasts in advance and freeze them for use on hectic mornings.
Step 5: Supplement to Feel Your Best.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to get sick. And despite how well I try to feed my family, I know we don’t always get all the nutrition we need. Every morning we all take a vitamin supplement. I love that Walmart sells One a Day vitamins for all ages and needs, including teen boys and girls. Those are the vitamins most of us take. My youngest still prefers Disney Princess vitamins.
We also take Zyrtec almost year round to stave off allergy symptoms. We like the kind that melt in the mouth, as my kids aren’t big on swallowing pills.
I round off my morning supplement regimen with Vitamin D and a good Vitamin B Complex. Living in Oregon and working inside means I don’t get a lot of sunshine, especially during the winter months. And a good B complex is great for reducing stress.
We take different supplements and medications throughout the year, depending on our needs, but these are the things I keep on hand month after month.Your morning doesn't have to be stressful. These 5 tips will get your day off to a great start!Click To Tweet
So that’s our morning routine. A little effort and attention to detail ensures we get a good start to the day…most of the time, anyway.
Question: What is one thing you do to get your morning off to a good start?